2016 Reflection

Wow. What a wild ride! After a quite normal year, 2015 which was nice and happy and normal (of course following 2014 which no one really enjoyed), 2016 was going to be the year that things changed. And things did change.

The beginning started off slowly. In the first week, David Bowie died. The next major event was when Prince died, and then things started to get bad. 49 people were shot dead in an Orlando nightclub, a British MP was killed for her politics. A singer was killed in Orlando. Unarmed black men were being shot by police simply because of how they looked. And then Brexit happened, and then Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to a major party and then as fast as that happened, Donald Trump got elected in November.

(We can’t forget that this year both Rihanna and Beyoncé dropped albums and it helped compensate for some of the turmoil but still…)

Personally, I’m in the middle of moving, and I just started high school, and school, really because I’ve never been to school. Also, my mom remarried this year. So personally 2016 was also a huge year.

But here’s the deal. Seeing a lot of change in 2016, (politically none of it good in my opinion) it’s a warning and a signal that a new era is beginning. 2017 probably won’t be quite so crazy. Because this year, we’ll be settling into the new world that 2016 created for us. Saying hello to this new world may be difficult for a lot of us, but we are just going to have to find out what happens.

 

Winter Break

Hey, it’s Ariana, I want to wish you all a happy New Year.

My 2017 didn’t start of perfectly I’ll say because while on vacation I became sick with I have no idea. I still have it. I hope I’ll recover before school starts because I want to enjoy at least some of my break.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my country. I’ve been avoiding the news a lot but also thinking about how I wish I was in another country where things aren’t descending into quite so much muck. I feel embarrassed to live in a country which is being defaced. (I live in the United States by the way). My dad went abroad and he said he only thought about these country’s problems about ten times during the entire three weeks, and I was really impressed.

I’ve also been thinking about and trying to do more writing this year. Words are a real powerful weapon and a means of escape, even if it doesn’t even mean leaving your own bedroom. I’ve found it hard these days however because I am so sick, I can’t stay awake for anything. I have been looking outside at the nature around me however and feeling inspired from that. What the world around you is much more inspiring than some types of media. The way people walk and talk. Another thing I need to do this year, (this reminds me) is use up all of those writing composition books I’ve been using for years. I have about ten pages left of this old pink one and I’m sorry to be finishing it, but I’ll feel great that so many pages of handwriting and all will be sealed — completed.